Southern State Community College is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all students and employees of the college. All students attending Southern State are expected to follow the policies and procedures of the College as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. While all campus locations are relatively safe, crime can occur on campus. Every individual has a responsibility to participate in crime prevention efforts:
- Lock your vehicles
- Secure your personal property
- Walk in groups at night
- Avoid isolated areas
- Notify the campus office or maintenance staff if you need an escort to your vehicle
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The following information will help you prepare for emergencies in the classroom.
Alcohol & Drug Policies
Students who drink or use illegal drugs on campus will experience far-reaching effects on their academic and personal lives. Students who abuse alcohol or drugs will suffer from impairment of their decision-making abilities which in turn may result in unintended behavior and consequences such as:
- injuries or death;
- missing classes;
- unintended sexual activity; or
- violence and vandalism.
The laws of the state of Ohio forbid the sale or serving of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age. Persons 21 or older who have a valid Ohio driver’s license may be served. The law also forbids misrepresenting one’s age for the purpose of consuming or purchasing alcoholic beverages. It is the intention of this policy to promote attitudes toward alcohol use that are consistent with the goal of learning to take responsibility for one’s life and learning to work in the thoughtful community with others.
The following general policy statement is designed to: 1) be consistent with the laws of Ohio; 2) stress moderation, safety and individual accountability for those who choose to drink; 3) work towards a college atmosphere that is free of coercion for those who choose to drink; 4) maintain a community where alcohol abuse and its effects are minimal; 5) provide information and education for all students and 6) provide confidential and effective guidance and counseling for those with special needs related to alcohol use and alcoholism.
This policy was developed by the Disciplinary Committee made up of representatives from the student body, faculty, institutional support staff and the administration. It has been reviewed by the President's Council and approved by the Board of Trustees. All members of the Southern State community are expected to be familiar with and abide by the principles and details of this statement.
The sale, acquisition, possession, transportation and consumption of alcoholic beverages are governed by various statutes of Ohio and regulations of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. In general, some of the pertinent statutes and regulations provide that:
- No person or group shall sell, deliver, purchase or otherwise procure alcoholic beverages for consumption by a person under 21 years of age. Violators are subject to arrest, criminal charges, fines and imprisonment.
- No person shall use the driver's license or other identification of another or permit such identification to be used by another, or allow or deface any cards in order to procure alcoholic beverages. Violators are subject to arrest, criminal charges and fines.
- No person shall operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Violators are subject to arrest, fines, mandatory court education programs, loss of license and/or imprisonment.
- No person who is intoxicated shall be served an alcoholic beverage on licensed premises. Violators are subject to fine and possible disciplinary action from the local licensing authority.
- No person under 21 years of age shall transport, purchase, sell, deliver, possess or receive or otherwise procure alcoholic beverages except in the course of employment. Violators are subject to arrest, criminal charges, fines and imprisonment.
In addition to state laws, local ordinances prohibit the possession of open containers of alcohol on county property (buildings, parks, etc.).
The serving of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited.
The college upholds the federal and state laws prohibiting the use, possession, sale or offering for sale of controlled substances, including but not limited to marijuana, and will not interfere with the legal prosecution of any members of the community who violate such laws. Law enforcement officers, when armed with the proper documents, have a legal right to search any and all buildings on the campus without prior notice.
Guidelines for Implementation of the Alcohol & Drug Policies
Southern State’s policy on alcohol and alcohol related behavior stresses the concept of individual responsibility.
The purpose of these implementation guidelines is to summarize and clarify some institutional strategies to help students assume their responsibilities under the law.
Each individual should be aware of the state and local laws and is responsible for their own decisions and actions and for any consequences of them. The legal requirements, as well as the college alcohol and drug policies, will be communicated to students in the following ways:
- In writing, in the college policy manual and posted in the student center
- Verbally, during orientation
The following types of concerns would warrant intervention by staff or Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management:
- Individuals demonstrating problem drinking patterns (this includes problems leading to or resulting from the irresponsible use of alcohol)
- Individuals making irresponsible choices and decisions that could endanger themselves and others due to the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Individuals whose alcohol and/or drug related behavior infringes on the rights of others
- Individuals possessing or using drugs
Interventions may be made in either or both of the following directions:
- 1. Accountability
- The implications of the individual’s or organization’s behavior will be discussed with them by the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
- If the situation persists, the individual or organization may be referred to the Disciplinary Committee and/or the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
- Serious problems can be referred immediately to the Disciplinary Committee.
- The Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management retains the general authority in dealing with students.
- 2. Help/Support
- The individual may be referred to Counseling Services.
- The individual may be referred to support groups such as AA, Al-Anon, etc.
- The individual may be referred to any other appropriate resource in the community.
An educational program will be developed, implemented and coordinated by Counseling Services.
Additional Local Resources
- Adams/Brown County
- Counseling Center
- 829 East Walnut St
- West Union, OH 45693
- Clinton County
- Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Center
- 953 S South St
- Wilmington, OH 45177
- Fayette County
- Fayette Recovery Center
- 5 Fayette Center
- Washington CH, OH 3160
- Highland County
- Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center
- 108 Erin Court
- Hillsboro, OH 45133
The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and/or alcohol by students or employees on college property or as a part of any college activity is prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted in accordance with applicable laws and ordinances and will be subject to disciplinary actions by the college, in conformance with the Southern State Community College Student Code of Conduct, Alcohol Policy, and/or Drug Policy. Sanctions for violations may include suspension, and/or termination/dismissal, as well as compulsory attendance at drug/alcohol education programs or other appropriate disciplinary measures.
Public use of College Grounds
The purpose of the Policy is to promote the free exchange of ideas and the safe and efficient operation of the College by:
- Fostering free speech, assembly and other expressive activities on College property by all persons, whether or not they are affiliated with the College.
- Maintaining an appropriate educational and work environment for all persons present on College property, including but not limited to students, faculty, employees, customers and visitors.
- Maintaining the personal security of all persons present on College property and protecting the property of the College and of persons present on College property.
In developing this Policy, the College recognizes the constitutional freedoms guaranteed by the United States and Ohio Constitutions, including freedom of speech, press and assembly. The College also recognizes the need to preserve and protect its property, students, guests and employees of the College, and to ensure the effective operation of educational, business and related activities of the College. Expressive activities on the College's campus may be subject to reasonable regulation with regard to the time, place and manner of the activities. College employees will not consider the content of expressive activities when enforcing this Policy. No Policy can address every possible activity or situation that may occur on College property, and the College reserves the right to address such situations as circumstances warrant.
This Policy does not apply to use of College facilities and grounds for official events sponsored by the College. Expressive activities carried out under this Policy shall not be considered to be speech made by, on behalf of or endorsed by the College. This Policy supersedes any provisions in any other earlier-adopted College policies that address similar or overlapping issues, such as use of outdoor spaces.
Outdoor Areas of Campus Generally Available for Use
Any person or group may use, without prior notification, any publicly accessible outdoor area of the College's campus except parking lots, garages and driveways. Federal, state and local laws will be enforced as applicable. The use of walkways or other common areas may not block the free passage of others or impede the regular operation of the College. Use of the general access areas may include speaking, non-verbal expression, distributing literature, displaying signage and circulating petitions. There is no limit to the number of times a month a person or group may access those areas. During work and class hours or if the area is currently in use for an official College event, amplification may be restricted if it unreasonably interferes with College operations or noise ordinances are violated.
The College's off-campus locations are leased facilities and not owned by the College. Those facilities generally do not include any outdoor space leased or controlled by the College, therefore, no publicly-accessible outdoor areas available for use under this Policy. Where any outdoors space is controlled by the College, this Policy applies.
Except in circumstances described below, any person or group whose use of an outdoor area is expected or reasonably likely to have more than one hundred people must notify the Campus Director at least two (2) business days before the day of the expressive activity, including information as to the specific location to be used for the event and the estimated expected number of persons, and the name and contact information of at least one person who can be contacted regarding logistics of the event, which shall include at least one person who will be personally present. Security and clean-up costs will not be charged to the person or group.
Prior notice is necessary to ensure that there is sufficient space for the large group event, that the large group event does not conflict with any other scheduled use of the outdoor space, and that sufficient College resources are available for crowd control and security. If such advance notice is not feasible because of circumstances that could not be reasonably anticipated, the person or group shall provide the College with as much advance notice as circumstances reasonably permit.
In addition to the general right of access to outdoor areas of campus described above, any student or student organization may seek to reserve the use of specific outdoor areas by contacting the Campus Director. Any request by a student or student organization to reserve such area or space shall be made at least one (1) business day prior to the event. A request will be granted unless it would conflict or interfere with a previously scheduled event or activity or violate this policy.
A student or student organization that has reserved a specific area or space under this policy will have priority over any other persons seeking to use the area or space during the scheduled time period. Any decision denying a request shall be promptly communicated in writing to the requester and shall set forth the basis for the denial. The content of the anticipated speech or other expressive activity shall not form the basis for a denial.
1. Any event or activity that disrupts the ability of the College to effectively and peacefully teach students, provide client services, or conduct any of its other business and support operations is prohibited. Examples include but are not limited to excessive noise, impeding vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and conduct otherwise unlawful.
2. No activity may damage College property. Prohibited actions include but are not limited to driving stakes or poles into the ground, hammering nails into buildings, and attaching anything to sidewalks, paved areas, or any part of any building, structure or fixture.
3. Distribution/solicitation by placing any material on vehicles in the parking lots or garages is prohibited. Leaving trash, litter, materials or pollutants in any area is prohibited.
The Campus Directors and local law enforcement shall enforce the provisions of this Policy. Any person who violates Section D of this Policy may be subject to an order to leave College property. Employees in violation of this Policy may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
Any person or recognized student organization who believes unlawful, unreasonable, or arbitrary limitations have been imposed on any of their speech or other expressive activities under this Policy may file a complaint with the Vice President of Student Affairs.
The President may adopt procedures to administer this policy.
Southern State offers workshops on rape prevention, alcohol and drug prevention, alcohol and drug abuse and self-defense on an annual basis. Throughout the year, the college provides informative literature on these topics at each campus. The college provides a directory of off-campus counseling, mental health and recovery service agencies that are available to students and employees through the Vice President of Student Affairs office.
Southern State also offers counseling on every campus through Counseling Services.
All crimes should be reported immediately to the police/sheriff's department. Victims also need to file an incident report with the Director's Office on any campuses or with the Vice President of Student Affairs on central campus. Submitted reports will be used to compile the annual campus crime report.
This report will be kept confidential.
For any emergency on or off campus, call 911 immediately.
- Central Campus
- 800.628.7722 x2530
- Hillsboro City Police
- Brown County Campus
- 800.628.7722 x3510
- Mt. Orab Police
- Fayette Campus
- 800.628.7722 x5510
- Fayette County Sheriff
Crimes reported to counseling centers are confidential by law. Some off-campus reports may also be legally confidential (e.g., to clergy, social agencies and local hospitals). Reports that are confidential by law will not be reported to Southern State for inclusion in our annual crime statistics report.
Southern State will make every attempt to distribute timely warnings. Warnings will be issued in the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus that, in the judgment of the Vice President of Student Affairs, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus community.
Timely warnings are distributed through a network of on-campus offices and posted on Southern State’s homepage.
Sexual Harassment Policy
It is the policy of Southern State to provide employees and students with an environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a violation of both state and federal law, and the college will not tolerate any employee or student, male or female, sexually harassing another individual, whether employee or student, in any way. The Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures can be found at the link below.
Sexual Offense Procedures
Southern State offers preventative workshops for sexual offenses to promote awareness and prevention of sexual assault. In addition, printed literature is available at each campus location.
In the event a sexual offense should occur, victims are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the police/sheriff’s department. College personnel will assist students as requested in notifying the proper authorities. The victim should not change clothes or otherwise cleanse her/himself before going to a hospital in order to preserve physical evidence that may be needed for investigation and prosecution. If the victim is reluctant to contact the police/sheriff’s department initially, she/he should still seek treatment at a hospital to preserve evidence and address any health concerns.
Victims that want to request a change in their academic situation may do so by contacting the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Unless otherwise authorized by law, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person’s control, convey or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance onto the premises of any Southern State campus.